AIA Contract Documents are the industry standard for a reason. For over 100 years, we have strived to improve our product and remained the most widely-used legal agreements and forms for the design and construction industry.
Today, we continue to lead the way with our latest software release, now making it easier than ever to use our documents. During this challenging business climate, you can count on AIA Contract Documents software to save you time and money. New, easy-to-use features help create and manage documents more quickly and efficiently.
You can also get AIA documents on demand through the Documents On Demand Site: http://documentsondemand.aia.org/
In 1888, the AIA published its first contract document. Called the Uniform Contract, the document was for use between an owner and a contractor.
Today, there are 96 agreements and administrative forms available from the AIA in both paper and software. Over the years, owners, architects, contractors, attorneys, insurance experts, and many others have contributed to the development and revision of these documents.
The AIA contract documents enjoy a wide reputation for fairness to all parties. They reflect the latest changes in law and the construction industry, based on industry practices, not theory.
STANDARD vs. MODEL FORMS
The AIA contract documents are standard forms. A standard form is intended to be used with modifications clearly indicated to alert the non-drafting party to variations from the baseline. Changes to a standard form are always identified so those who have gained a familiarity with the documents through repeated use may quickly measure the risks of a particular adaptation of the document to a specific situation.
Standard documents contrast with model forms, which are repositories of sample text. Model language is intended to be excerpted and blended with other text to create custom-made documents. Standard documents may also lower legal costs.
The AIA Contract Documents are developed and revised based on a set of Drafting Principles. Among the principles are:
- To establish and maintain, for nationwide application, standardized legal forms in order to enhance the stability and order of design and construction legal transactions.
- To provide assistance to users who otherwise could not obtain knowledgeable legal counsel in a timely or economical fashion.
- To strive for balanced and fair documents.
- To express unambiguous intentions in language comprehensible to the users and interpreters (courts and lawyers) of the standard documents.
The AIA revises its documents on a periodic basis, ceasing publication of prior editions. The purpose of revisions is to ensure that users have state of the art legal tools to be more productive and profitable. reasons for revisions include changes in industry practice, changes in economics of the profession, and development of legal issues. Other revisions might be attributed to new participants in the construction industry that need to be acknowledged.